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Tax on tampons repealed in Illinois

Tax on tampons repealed in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - State Sen. Melinda Bush’s plan to repeal sales taxes on feminine hygiene products including tampons and menstrual cups will become law Jan. 1 after the governor signed the legislation today.

“This is just the start of a conversation about the unfair ‘pink taxes’ women face as they buy products priced higher than similar ones marketed to men, or in this case, as they have to spend on products that men don’t,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “This bill passed with the unanimous support of the General Assembly. The governor’s signature today finally ends this unfair tax.”

The law will exempt tampons, pads and menstrual cups from the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax – the same tax classification as products like shampoo.

The legislation was Senate Bill 2746. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.